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Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.


Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

Good to know

As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.

Neutral / cushion / high arch

Shoes for runners who does not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who needs arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.

Motion control / severe overproanation / flat feet

Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.

Good to know

- Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
- More about arch support in this video.
- Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

Daily running

Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.


Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

Good to know

If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

The height difference from the heel to the forefoot, also known as heel drop, toe spring, heel to toe spring or simply drop.

There are many opinions about what a good heel drop is. We do not recommend any in particular. Lean more in this video.


We spent 7.8 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what sneaker fanatics think:

8 reasons to buy

  • According to a majority of those who viewed the Adidas Flashback Winter, the shoe is beautifully designed. One described the shoe as “very pretty and looks even better in person.”
  • The shoe is really comfortable and easy to walk in, many users say. One person remarked that the material is softer than she thought and her pair are the best trainers she’s had in a long time.
  • Several customers noted the shoe’s high quality. They wrote that the shoe was made with an excellent eye for detail.
  • The colorways of the Flashback Winter got a few mentions as well, from buyers who liked the color combinations.
  • The shoe is lightweight, according to some testers. They reported that the shoe is so light it felt like walking barefoot.
  • The shoe is worth the money, one buyer said.
  • One reviewer found the Flashback Winter breathable and relatively warm in 20-30 degree weather.
  • A consumer commented that she finds the shoe easy to match and pair with most everyday clothes.

5 reasons not to buy

  • Several users were dismayed to find out that the Adidas Flashback Winter is not waterproof despite being advertised as having a waterproof finish. One buyer put the shoe under running water to test it, and the front and sides got soaked quickly.
  • One consumer walked on moist grass and barely five minutes after, her feet got wet through and through.
  • The shoe is difficult to get on and off due to the high sock bit and narrow opening, a number of testers wrote.
  • Some testers reported that the shoe runs a bit small. They said they had to order a half size higher than their standard foot size.
  • A few people were disappointed to note that the Flashback Winter is not suitable for winter especially if there’s sleet.

Bottom line

The Adidas Flashback Winter is a beautifully-styled shoe that is also comfortable, light, well-ventilated, and goes well with most outfits—getting all the characteristics of a good shoe. It runs a bit small, but that can be easily remedied by ordering a pair at least a half size larger. However, the shoe is designed to be waterproof but fails waterproofing tests; a huge fail on the part of Adidas.



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Adidas Flashback Winter History

The Adidas Flashback Winter is based on the silhouette of the Adidas Dragon, a classic running shoe that was originally released in 1971. The Dragon was the among the first running shoes to have an upper made of nylon. It was also a little lighter and flatter than the other Adidas classics which had thicker soles and heavier upper linings.

A few years after its release, Adidas revamped the Dragon’s design by adding a toe cap and a rubber toe bumper. This new and updated silhouette proved to be highly popular and influenced the design of newer Adidas footwear which included the Flashback.

The Flashback debuted in December of 2016 in two colorways: black and pink. The model carried that old-school silhouette but had that modern feel through its metallic upper knit with shiny Lurex thread. It also had a faux leather heel patch and suede heel overlay. A winter edition, the Flashback Winter, came out after. This shoe had a suede and mesh upper and a waterproof finish to make it suitable for winter wear.

Adidas Flashback Winter Style

The Flashback Winter has such an easygoing style that it’s not difficult to pair with any casual outfit. The shoe looks good with leggings, yoga pants, rolled denim, frayed jeans, short skirts, and capri pants.

Fit & Sizing

The Flashback Winter is a mid-top women’s shoe and is available in sizes ranging from 5 to 11, with half sizes offered. The shoe runs small so buyers may need to size up.

Notable Features

The shoe’s distinctive silhouette which hearkens back to the ‘good old days’ is one of its most notable features. The shoe’s removable Ortholite cushioned insole, waterproof finish, and contemporary lace construction adds to its special appeal.

Additional Info

  • The Flashback Winter features a serrated rubber outsole, mesh upper, suede heel overlay, and mesh lining.
  • EVA midsole gives the shoe protective cushioning.
  • Has a slip-on sock fit and flexible sawtooth tread.